Programme Assessments

To successfully complete the programme, participants must:

  • Attend a minimum of 80% of the presential sessions.
  • Successfully complete each of the three academic modules:  The three modules of the programme are evaluated separately.  Evaluations consist of a take-home exam for Mod #1, the elaboration of a policy paper for Mod #2, and the assessment of negotiation skills during simulations in class during Mod #3. Each of these module evaluations is equivalent to 20% of the final grade.
  • Submit a final paper: At the start of the programme, each participant will be required to define a policy-related topic related to their own areas of interest (i.e., current / aspirant area of work). The topic will be continuously refined throughout the course of the programme. At the end of the programme each participant will be required to submit a problem-solving paper on their chosen topic. This will be evaluated by the supervisor once the curriculum has been completed. Approximate length of 8,000/10,000 words (40% of the final grade).
  • Participant attendance records and active participation in class are taken into account at the time of grading.


Diploma awarded

Successful participants will receive the Executive Master in International Negotiation and Policy-Making of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

The Executive Master is an internationally-recognised "Diploma of Advanced Studies".  It has a weighting equivalent to 30 ECTS (European Credits Transfer System).  Graduates of this programme earn alumni status of the Graduate Institute.

Please consult this Swiss system of higher education which shows that the degree can be earned at any stage in professional or academic life (following a bachelor or its equivalent).  The INP is not direct preparation for PhD work (but rather, part of the professional track), so ECTS credits awarded do not apply towards a PhD.